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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
WASHINGTON - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan is taking aim at the nation's poverty programs, unveiling an ambitious report Monday that will underpin Republican budget priorities this election year. The former Republican vice presidential nominee is long on criticism of the nearly $800 billion in government spending on more than 90 different poverty programs in 2012 that provided food, housing, education and other assistance for low-income Americans. But the report is short on policy prescriptions, which are coming later from the budget chairman.
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NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.  Republican gubernatorial candidates reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown's reelection bid on Thursday by arguing that California has faltered during his time in office. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari of Laguna Beach cited unemployment, poverty and struggling students. “In announcing his plan to run for a record fourth term, Gov. Brown again touted a status quo that is devastating for millions of families and communities all across the state,” Kashkari said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A trio of Republican state senators introduced a resolution Wednesday to expel Sen. Roderick Wright after he was convicted of eight felonies, and they say they will ask for a Senate vote on the measure Thursday. The motion is expected to be sent to committee without action or tabled, according to sources close to the Senate Democratic leadership. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said previously that it is premature to expel Wright (D-Inglewood)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar introduced resolutions Wednesday that would suspend Democratic Sens. Roderick Wright and Ronald Calderon as a backup in case a separate motion to expel Wright fails. Wright was granted a paid leave of absence this week after a jury last month found him guilty of eight felony charges of perjury and voter fraud involving false statements he made about living in the district that he represents in the Senate. Calderon was indicted Feb. 21 on federal charges of taking bribes.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Dan Patrick most certainly does not think same-sex marriage should be legal in Texas.  So in response to a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that the state's ban was unconstitutional, the Republican state senator and candidate for lieutenant governor took to Twitter to announce his position on the momentous ruling. "MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN," said the tweet from Patrick's account. "Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Chris Megerian
The handgun that GOP assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security in 2012 was not registered to him, according to a police report reviewed by The Times. Donnelly told officers who questioned him that he had bought it five years before and never registered it in his name. The San Bernardino County lawmaker and gun-rights advocate pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public without a concealed weapons permit and possessing a gun in an airport.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Three Republicans who supported a bill bolstering the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion reversed course Monday and asked the governor to veto the controversial measure. Republican state Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley delivered a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer  pleading for her to reject SB 1062. The measure is intended to bolster a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Another incriminating cache of emails, another Republican governor facing harsh questions and once more the hounds of political scandal are in full cry. There are, however, important differences between the controversies surrounding Wisconsin's Scott Walker and New Jersey's Chris Christie, which matter as both weigh potential 2016 campaigns for president. On Wednesday, Wisconsin investigators released thousands of pages of documents regarding public employees doing inappropriate political work for Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive, before his 2010 election as governor.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The Republican campaign organization responsible for websites that appear, at first glance, to support Democratic candidates has backpedaled a bit, altering the way they seek donations. When visitors call up the websites, they are still greeted with friendly photos of Democratic candidates next to mock logos with shout-outs like " Nancy Pelosi for Congress" and " Kirkpatrick for Congress . " But gone is a fundraising form that caused at least two contributors to mistakenly donate not to the candidates, but to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which tries to defeat Democrats running for the House.
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